Ed Gargala, MSW, LCSW: Ed has worked at our agency for more than 20 years, starting as a youth counselor at Wyndham Lawn in 1978. During his career, he has also worked at other agencies as a psychiatric social worker and as director of a residential program. Ed returned to New Directions in 2002 to direct Wyndham Lawn. He holds a master's degree in education from Buffalo State College, and a master's degree in social work from the University at Buffalo.
Mark Wickerham, Director Randolph Residential Services: Mark joined our agency in 1992 as an assistant childcare coordinator at Randolph Children's Home. He developed and directed our non-secure detention program and group homes program. Before joining New Directions, he was a teacher-counselor at a wilderness rehabilitation program, district executive for the Boy Scouts of America in Pittsburgh, supervisor of a group home, and a foster care social worker. He holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Thiel College. His professional interests include childcare practices.
Narda Gatgen, MSW, LCSW-R, Clinical Director Wyndham Lawn and Randolph Residential Services: Narda Gatgen joined our agency in 1992 as a social worker in the residential program at Randolph Children's Home. She helped develop our Zafron Home for Parenting Teens, and was one of the initial (and current) trainers for our Normative Culture and Guided Group Interaction (GGI) initiatives. She has also been the supervisor of Global Village Therapeutic Foster Care South and clinical director at Wyndham Lawn Home for Children. Her professional interests include grief and loss, group work, and child and youth mental health. She received her bachelor's in social work from Mercyhurst College (1987) and her master's in social work from the University of Pittsburgh (1991).